The city of Ogaki, Gifu, have announced a collaboration with the upcoming anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ooima’s Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) manga with two free special screenings of the film will be held on September 3rd. The collaboration has also revealed that the film may run for 150 minutes (2.5 hours).
There will be two sessions of the film’s special screening: a 9:30am – 12:00pm and a 2:00pm – 4:30pm session that will be free for locales. The length of each session is 150 minutes (2.5 hours), indicating that the length of the film to be around that time – of course advertisements might be played before the start of the movie. If this is correct, then it will be the second longest anime film from Kyoto Animation (Hyouka, Hibike! Euphonium) with the longest running film still being the The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu) at 162 minutes (2 Hours 42 minutes).
The tourism department of the city will be promoting a special screening day of the Koe no Katachi anime film before its official domestic release on September 17. The reason for the collaboration is that the manga itself is set in Ogaki and has many locations inspired by real life places of the city. The aim is to allow viewers and fans of the series to go visit the city and explore those locations – commonly referred to as pilgrimage.
The tourism department has produced a series of images comparing panels from the manga to their real life counterparts.
The following images may contain spoilers for Koe no Katachi .
Here is the film’s latest visual:
More of the film’s main cast have been revealed, alongside their updated character designs:
- Miyu Irino (Akito Hyuuga in Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito) will star as Shouya Ishida
- Saori Hayami (Yukino Yukinoshita from Oregairu) will be voicing as Shouko Nishimiya
- Saori Hayami will also voice young Shouko Nishimiya
- Mayu Matsuoka (Debut Anime Role) voices a young Shouya Ishida
- Aoi Yuuki (Madoka Kaname in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) as Yuzuru Nishiya
- Kensho Ono (Slaine Troyard from Aldnoah.Zero) voicing Tomohiro Nagatsu
- Yuki Kaneko (Midori Tokiwa in Tamako Market) will voice Naoka Ueno
- Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan) voices Miyoko Sahara
- Megumi Han (Hunter x Hunter (2011)) is going to voice Miki Kawai
- Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Mikado Ryuugamine from Durarara!!) voicing the role of Satoshi Mashibasa
The production staff of the Koe no Katachi anime includes:
- Director: Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, Tamako Market)
- Series Composer: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Non Non Biyori)
- Anime Character Designer: Futoshi Nishiya (Free!, Hyouka)
- Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka (Amagi Brilliant Park, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
- Music: Kensuke Ushio (Ping Pong The Animation, Space☆Dandy)
- Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (Hyouka, Hibike! Euphonium)
Here is the latest trailer that previews the main theme song of the movie: Ai wo Shita no wa from Aiko.
Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ooima. The series began as a one-shot in the February 2011 issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. A full manga series was then produced in August 2013 where it was published weekly in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The series itself ended on the 12th this month for a total of 61 chapters compiled into 7 volumes, with the last volume releasing on December 17th. Since its publication, the series has sold over 700,000 copies as of May 2014.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Ishida Shouya bullies a deaf girl, Nishimiya Shouko, to the point that she drops out of school. As a result, he is ostracized and bullied himself with no friends to speak of and no plans for the future.
This is the story of his path to redemption.
The Koe no Katachi anime film, produced by Kyoto Animation, is scheduled to release in Japan on September 17 this year. Additional information about the anime will be revealed at a later date.
Source Article and Images - Ogaki Tourism Website
Source Article - Yahoo Japan
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